Police find 3 000 mandrax tablets hidden in yard

Grassy Park police officers with the confiscated drugs.

Grassy Park police officers found more than 3 000 mandrax tablets buried in an Ocean View backyard last week as they searched for a suspect in an attempted murder case.

Police spokesperson Captain Wynita Kleinsmith said officers from the Support Vispol Unit made their way to Ocean View on Wednesday April 29 to look for the suspect who was wanted in connection with an attempted murder that happened in Parkwood on Saturday April 25.

Police arrived in Daisy Circle, Ocean View, where the suspect was reportedly hiding, at about 9.45am.

A man then jumped the fence at the residence to get away from the officers who gave chase and caught him.

Captain Kleinsmith said upon searching the premises, officers found a large undisclosed amount of money in one of the rooms and on further investigation, saw a neatly raked patch of ground in the backyard where they found three five-litre tins filled with 3 028 mandrax tablets.

“The 49-year-old man found on the premises was arrested and taken to Ocean View police on charges of dealing, alternatively possession of drugs. The suspect will appeared in the Simon’s Town Magistrate’s Court on the related charges,” she said.

Grassy Park police station commander Dawood Liang commended the officers for their commitment and hard work.

“In order to alleviate such crime it is best to remove the criminals from the community and bring them to book,” he said.